Accidents with Drowsy Drivers in Ohio

If you become injured due to another driver’s drowsy driving, you may be able to recover compensation. The attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can discuss your rights and fight for the maximum.

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Drowsy Driving Accidents in Ohio

Our responsibilities don’t pause because we’re tired, and neither do other motorists’ obligation to other drivers on the road.

Accidents caused by overtired and drowsy driving are common, but the injuries and damages they cause can be severe. If you have been injured in a car accident because of a drowsy driver or someone who fell asleep behind the wheel, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

After an accident with a drowsy driver, contact the Ohio car accident lawyers at KNR. We will review the details, your options, and help you secure the maximum amount possible. Call 1-800-HURT-NOW for a free consultation.

Common Signs of Drowsy Driving

There comes a time when people need to recognize they’re too tired to drive. If someone is currently driving and notices these signs, they should pull off the road as soon as they can.

Some signals that someone is too fatigued to safely get behind the wheel are:

  • Yawning often
  • Blinking frequently
  • Drifting from your lane
  • Hitting the shoulder of the road
  • Difficulty remembering the last few miles or streets driven
  • Missing an exit

The Consequences of Drowsy Driving

When people get behind the wheel, driving needs their full, undivided attention. Fatigued drivers pay less attention to the road and other cars and drowsy drivers may not make the best decisions.

Additionally, fatigued drivers have slower reaction times. They may not be able to execute the decision as quickly as necessary.

Fatigue, paying less attention, and slower reaction times are a recipe for disaster, particularly on busy streets or roads with high-speed limits. With the physical and mental consequences of drowsy driving combined, it’s no wonder that sleepy driving is a common cause of car accidents. In fact, 6,000 fatal crashes are caused by drowsy drivers every year, the CDC reported.

Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel

According to the CDC, about 1 in 25 adult drivers over the age of 18 have reported falling asleep while driving in the previous 30 days. That may seem like a small number, but there are millions of adults in the U.S., and even if 4% of them fall asleep sometimes while driving, that’s thousands of individuals who are more likely to cause a potentially fatal collision.

Who’s Most Likely to Drive Tired

Any driver can potentially fall asleep behind the wheel or cause an accident due to being overtired, but certain groups are at higher risk. This includes people who frequently drive at night or work long houses, such as:

  • Shift workers
  • Business travelers
  • Commercial drivers & truckers;
  • Teen drivers
  • Airline workers
  • What NOT To Do When You’re Tired

    Drowsy drivers often think changing the temperature in the car, drinking a beverage with caffeine, or turning up the radio will be enough to keep them awake and going. However, these actions won’t make you any less drowsy or reduce your risk of falling asleep behind the wheel.

    Drivers can avoid drowsy driving and causing an accident by:

    • Avoiding alcohol or medication that can cause drowsiness
    • Getting enough sleep before a long drive
    • Stopping for rest breaks

    Unfortunately, drivers who get behind the wheel while sleepy eery day and can easily cause a crash. The injuries typically associated with drowsy driving accidents may include:

    Sleepy drivers cause thousands of accidents and injuries each year. And people hurt in car accidents can suffer minor to serious injuries requiring emergency medical attention, on-going medical care, being off work, and more. Treating and recovering from car accident injuries can be expensive.

    Compensation after a Drowsy Driving Accident

    When you are injured in a car crash because the other driver was negligent by driving while overtired , they may be found liable for your various damages. You lawyer can represent you in pursuit of compensation for all your physical, emotional, and financial losses. Through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, KNR will fight hard for you to recover your:

    • Medical expenses
    • Lost income
    • Pain and suffering
    • Disability
    • Disfigurement
    • Mental anguish
    • Loss of consortium

    While most car accidents settle out of court. The insurance company will still work hard to reduce what they owe by denying their policyholder was drowsy or that you share responsibility. While an insurance settlement might be the ideal situation, you may also need to file a lawsuit and present evidence the other driver was at fault.

    Contact our Ohio Car Accident Lawyers Right Away

    If you were injured in a car accident caused by a drowsy driver, contact our experienced car injury attorneys right away.

    By working with a lawyer, you have someone who can help you through the insurance claims process and advise you on your legal rights. If you’re unable to come to a settlement, a lawyer can help you in court. Call Kisling, Nestico & Redick at 1-800-HURT-NOW.